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    Sounds like "schmeerkase"

    Kris H.
    Tue Mar 29, 2005 11:23 pm
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    First of all, I'm not German or from German ancestors, but I'm asking out of a personal historical curiousity.

    My father used to talk about something he ate as a child and always wished he could have again, and I think he would call it something like "schmeerkase." My impression was that it might be something like what we called "head cheese" which if I remember right was a conglomeration of bits and pieces of meat all messed together and could be sliced up. I didn't and still don't like foods like this, and I don't want to make it, I just want to know if anybody knows about it!

    Thanks very much.
    Inge 1505
    Wed Mar 30, 2005 12:57 am
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    Kris H. wrote:
    First of all, I'm not German or from German ancestors, but I'm asking out of a personal historical curiousity.

    My father used to talk about something he ate as a child and always wished he could have again, and I think he would call it something like "schmeerkase." My impression was that it might be something like what we called "head cheese" which if I remember right was a conglomeration of bits and pieces of meat all messed together and could be sliced up. I didn't and still don't like foods like this, and I don't want to make it, I just want to know if anybody knows about it!

    Thanks very much.


    To a German Schmierkäse is a spreadable cheese (From schmieren = to grease and Käse = cheese).
    Today it is a highly processed cheese product. Cheese melted with salt and dairy products and often flavoured. Common flavours are cream, herbs, salami! You can buy it in 7 oz containers with a lid or more traditionally packaged shaped into wedges of about 1 1/2 oz and wrapped in aluminium foil, then six of those are packed in a circular cardboard container, usually 3 different flavours. Opening one of those aluminium foil wraps without "greasing" yourself and everything else is challenging. icon_smile.gif Therefore the familiar term "Schmierkäse" I suppose. Officially it is called Streichkäse ( from streichen = to spread).
    If there is any Schmierkäse containing meat it would be the salami flavoured one, but there are only the tiniest little bits of it.
    Here is a link to some Schmierkäse available in the US.
    Kris H.
    Wed Mar 30, 2005 3:12 pm
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    Thanks, Inge!

    I think my memories have conflated two different products, then. There are a lot of similar cheeses to what you describe available here in the U.S.

    Thanks for clearing up my confusion!
    Inge 1505
    Wed Mar 30, 2005 11:58 pm
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    Glad I could help. icon_smile.gif
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